Planning for the Centenary of the 1919 Peace Regatta

David Headon, Bruce Coe and Ross Gibson
David Headon, Bruce Coe and Ross Gibson


This is a third post in a record of planning for the centenary of the Royal Henley Peace Regatta in 2019.
An introductory post about the project can be found here.
David Headon joined the conversation today.


One of the main topics for conversation at this meeting was the place of water in Australian society. This water theme is a very strong component of Ross Gibson‘s research interests in the 1919 project.
This led us to discuss amongst other items:


We discussed story telling too and learned of an archive of World War 1 diaries that Ross will be exploring.
Bruce Coe has made contact with some of the families of the 1919 crew. This will be an important part of the group’s research.
I am particularly interested in the stories of the second Australian crew in the Peace Regatta. This crew was defeated by the victorious Australian crew in the first round of the Regatta.
Andrew Guerin lists this crew as:

  • Lieut. J. Howieson (bow)
  • Sergt. G. M. Penny (2)
  • Sergt. E. J. Harrison (3)
  • Lieut. H. A. White (4)
  • Major W. A. Audsley, D.S.O. (5)
  • Corpl. J. K. Cogle (6)
  • Gunner J. A. Begg (7)
  • Lieut. H. R. Newall (stroke);
  • Lieut. O. J. Wood (cox).



  1. I (Ian Audsley)am W.A. Audsley’s grand-son. I picked up on this event whilst doing some research re his DSO award . Whilst he was at the war my great grandfather hand copied all my grandfathers letters into an exercise book which I now have in my possesion.He wrote home to his parents nearly every week during his WW1 service and his last letters featured his rowing expolits for the AIF squad in some detail .
    I also have some other background detail on my grandfather re his rowing career pre war .
    If you would like to get in contact I would be happy to share what I have
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